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2009 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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Once again I am running this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived to your house.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santas sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That way your Secret Santa can look to see if you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift here and you can reply without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present!

I don't know about anyone else, but I generally obsess about whether a package has arrived at it's intended destination. I drive my wife crazy with checking tracking numbers constantly! So it will be nice to see when those gifts are actually received by the giftee (or are they just sitting unclaimed on the neighbor's porch?)


To see how the previous years' editions of this list have gone, look at these links:


"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



Simon's yearly breakdown of games:
**EDIT Just Added** Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2009

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2008

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2007

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2006



[b]New Note (I placed this in the comments section as well): If you have added a "Comment" of your gift receipt, please take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than to place a comment in this section of the receipt of your gift. The actual items being added is how the statistics get accumulated for Simon Hunt's great results list located at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49122

A good example of how to make an entry useful for this other list is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.

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76. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:857]
Greg Manning
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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Dear Santa,
The package arrived this morning. I think I'll wait at least until I reach Christmas holiday, if not Christmas day itself to open it though, if that's alright with you.

Thanks very much!

Greg,

(I don't think it actually is 'Mystery of the Abbey', it is just a game with 'mystery' in the title)

Edit (after Christmas):

Thanks Santa,

I got:
Dominion, Linwood, and Settlers traders and barbarians 5&6 player, which (once again) completes my settlers collection.
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77. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137]
Lars Ericson
United States
Columbia
MD
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Thanks, Santa!

Arrived just in time for Thanksgiving break.
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78. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:132]
Feldaan
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Urbana
Ohio
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Got home last night after a terrible day at work that put me in quite the funk. After dinner I was laying on our bed and my wife quietly snuck in while my eyes were closed. After scaring me half to death by speaking when I thought I was alone, she said she knew what would cheer me up. GIFTS FROM SANTA! Now, I had thought about waiting until Christmas to open the box but I needed a boost of happiness yesterday.

Inside a UPS box I found Ghost Stories! Awesome, I've been wanting this for awhile to play with my wife as we enjoy co-op games and I've been told that this plays well with 2.

My wife then spies something in the bottom of the UPS box and reaches down to retrieve




Circus Flohcati

Super excited about this one too. Reiner Knizia is our favorite designer and we didn't have this one nor even know about it. Looks like a fun filler card game.

Thanks so much Secret Santa!!
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79. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:116] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Tim Mierz
United States
Middletown
Connecticut
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I was impressed to get my present before Thanksgiving. It's perfect, really, since Dixit is something I want to play with my family, and this provides me the perfect opportunity. I got Race for the Galaxy as well, a nice surprise, and I got to play that yesterday. Great stuff, nice and early, so thanks a lot, Santa!
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80. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:60]
Jim Jensen
United States
Santa Cruz
California
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My wife and I talked about our families Christmas traditions years ago as we got close to our first holidays together. She mentioned that her family always exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve. Strange, I thought, so did mine. That got us talking as to why. It wasn't geography. My family is from the north coast of California and hers from the central valley. It wasn’t a religious thing – her background is Catholic/Armenian Orthodox and I come from a long line of heathens and heretics. Then we figured out the connection. Our grandparents and earlier generations were all farmers, and the cows don’t wait for the holidays, hence the early exchange.

Why do I mention this? It almost explains why the elapsed time between finding the Time Well Spent box on my stoop to having it opened was less then five minutes. Also, I have no will power. No wait, the reason I blew into the box so quickly was that I am having a game night today and wanted something super cool to put of the table… really.

And super cool is exactly what the box contained. Age of Stream, and an expansion map of the US and Europe. Thank you so much Mr./Ms. Secret Santa. This game looks freaking sweet and I can only hope that my target is half as excited as I am right now.

Plus, I know what we’re playing tonight…
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81. Board Game: Viktory II [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1777]
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I just walked in the door, getting home from my first ever root canal. I had a Priority Mail box that I thought was from the recent math trade, so I opened it ...

Score!

Viktory II!


Thanks Santa, you brightened up my day with the perfect gift!
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82. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
Dustin Martin
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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I've been receiving regular emails from my Secret Santa, so I knew that a parcel was going to be arriving quite shortly. And indeed, it arrived yesterday afternoon. I had been told by the powers that be (read: wife) that I couldn't open it until Christmas Day. What!?! Wait over a month! How could I possibly do that??

So, I began the soft sell. Later, I casually mentioned how my SS had pointed out the impending fun to be had with our daughters.

No luck yet.

Before bed, I pointed out that there was no room in our house to hang onto a box for that long. Complete fabrication, but hey, I was beginning to get desperate.

This morning, I mentioned how I have participated in the BGG Secret Santa every year, and every year I've waited until Christmas to open the present. Since the present arrived so early this year, why not change things up and allow it to be opened NOW?

I gazed at her expectantly. She sighed, and said that it was my present so she had no problem if I opened it early.

SUCCESS!!

I called the daughters to me, and we opened the box shipped from B&B.

Inside we found Pandemic: On the Brink, which I have been lusting after for some time.

Digging further, we found:



and



and below all of these



We are very excited to get these to the table, and hopefully over the long weekend.

Thank you, Santa, for the great gifts!!

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83. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Tim Nordin
United States
North Brunswick
New Jersey
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Let's be honest, with Thanksgiving tomorrow and friends coming over for the feast, there was no way I was going to be able to contain myself from opening the Christmas box that Santa sent me. There's just too much to play!

Santa hit me up with the game expansion that was at the top of my wish list, but also sweetened the deal with The lovely new ladies of Small World


Thanks, Santy! It'll be an extra fun Christmas season!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a gaming night.
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84. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Mississippi Steamboats / Golden Spike [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Martin Boisselle
Canada
Boucherville
Quebec
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Whoa!

Santa was fast this year!

Got two expansions for Steam:

- Mississippi Steamboat/Golden Spike


- 1830's Pennsylvania/Northern California


Many many thanks to my Secret Santa!!!
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85. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:394]
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Michigan
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My Secret Santa package arrived yesterday. Despite my objections, I had to open it so my wife didn't buy duplicate gifts....yeah, that's the ticket. ninja

In addition to Finca, Santa sent me:
Vikings
 


I must've been extra good this year! Thanks Santa!


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86. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Erin Leonhard
United States
Aldie
Virginia
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My Secret Santa is THE BEST! I knew I had 3 presents arriving today and have been obsessively looking through my wishlist, trying to imagine what they could be. He surpassed all of my fantasies after I saw the first game in the box: Brass!

But then he also included 2 other games that I've been dying to own,


Cities


and Masters of Venice! Thank you so much for the joy you've brought me (oh, and the games)!

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87. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:251]
Mike Neff
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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I recently got a message from my SS letting me know to expect my gift, which arrived today. I was ecstatic to open my package and see PitchCar, as well as



Circus Flohcati.

I've had PitchCar and Circus Flohcati on my wishlist over a year and a half, and never pulled the trigger, but was in no way expecting my SS to be so generous. The timing of the arrival of my games couldn't have been any better, as my brother comes to town with his wife and 3 kids (ages 11-16), and they always look forward to new games that I have. We'll all be in for some excitement tonight.

Many thanks to my European SS.

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88. Board Game: San Ta Si [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4278]
Garry Lloyd
United Kingdom
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
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Arrived home to find a mysterious box waiting for me. Hope I can wait until the big day but many thanks Secret Santa for your generosity. I love surprises.

The game title has nothing to do with what's in the box but reflects my positive reaction to the parcel waiting for me.

Update: Well, Christmas morning arrived and I tore open the wrapping paper to find Court of the Medici and Fzzzt!. Thanks again, Santa.
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89. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Marko Brockman
Finland
Oulu
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Today I was extra happy to get out of work because I knew that the package my Secret Santa had sent me was waiting at the post office. At home I opened the box and found.. TWO games! Dominion and Royal Palace. I have long been wanting to play Dominion, but nobody in my game group had that game. I'm also looking forward to play it with my wife.

Royal Palace is a game I had not heard of before (I gave my Santa a permission to improvise outside my wishlist), but it looks very interesting since I love worker placement games.

Thank you very much Santa! I know I'll play these games a lot during the holidays.

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90. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:343] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Thank you to a very generous Secret Santa wherever you are!

I received a package this morning - the elves knocked on my door and ran away? But there was a box sitting there when I opened the door.

I opened it to find 2 wrapped presents!! I intended to wait until Christmas but lasted about 5 seconds before I started ripping them open....just couldn't wait!



Thanks again Secret Santa!
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91. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Nathan Holden
Isle of Man
Douglas
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I was away for the weekend and came back to find a message from Santa in my geekmail inbox, it said that "A fine, be it tarnished knight has offered to help and be my "elf" this year. I am thinking your collection needs a fine tension game and perhaps you need an upgrade for your favorites. Hmmm I'll have to think long and hard about it......"

Not long after reading it a parcel from Green Knight Games arrived so Santa can't have taken too long to think about it! The source of the parcel also explains the reference to a tarnished knight - I really should have worked that out earlier! shake

Inside the parcel were two nicely wrapped boxes, one large, the other small. I intend for both to remain wrapped until Christmas, especially since this gives me longer to try and guess the games based on the rest of Santa's message.

Thanks Santa!!


* * Update * *

Opened my gifts on Christmas Day and received Battlestar Galactica and Ticket To Ride: The Dice Expansion.



Chuffed to bits as both were high on my wishlist. I am really looking forwards to playing BSG later this week and my wife particularly enjoys the Ticket to Ride series of games.

Thanks again santa.

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92. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:132]
Jim Clapperton
United States
Winchester
Virginia
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Thanks Santa! I received this today, as well as a copy of Babel - very generous of you! I can't wait to try them out!

Here's wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season!

meeple

Jim Clapperton
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93. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Ron Lamb
United States
Des Moines
Iowa
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I must have been better than I thought this year. The UPS man handed me a large box today. After examining the label from Funagain games I realized that it must be from Santa!

I'm not the type to lie to myself and I know I wouldn't make it a month without opening the box so I found a box cutter from a drawer in my desk and opened it. To my surprise I found Alhambra: Big Box inside!

I was very surprised with Santa's generosity and I started imeditly drooling on my new game. I looked down at the box and I saw a very nice not from Santa and I found more underneath the big box (sorry for the bad pun but the Alhambra box is big) I found Burger Joint!
I know the wife will love Burger Joint and I'm sure it will get many, many plays!

Thank you Santa, I'm very excited to try these two+++++ games out this weekend!

+++++ and expansions!
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94. Board Game: Santa's Special Delivery Game [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
James Boyd
United States
Morehead City
North Carolina
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Thank you so much Santa!!!laugh I'm going to be a good boy and actually wait till Christmas to open my gift. I know it will be just what I wanted! I will give an update once I open it.

(Updated on 26Dec.2009)
I just opened my box and I found World of Warcraft the Adventure Game!!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!! Woo Hoo!!! Yay!!! Thank you so much secret Santa! I will be playing this very soon!
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95. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:136] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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My Secret Santa is apparently the strong silent type. No taunts, teases or messages of any kind, but today, a package!

Arkham Horror is a game I have always wanted but could never quite justify buying. I am very happy to have it now.


But that's not all! Also in the box:


and


My Secret Santa is awesome!

Merry Christmas!

Edit: My Secret Santa also recently tipped me 30 GG. Wow. Now I can, like, get an Avatar.

Thanks again!
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96. Board Game: Perikles [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:667]
AlexL
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Arriving home late from a lousy day at work, there was an unexpected package waiting for me...

Well, my Secret Santa is a star. Not only was there Perikles, but also a copy of König von Siam


Absolutely wonderful, and very generous. These games will hit the table this weekend. Thank you Santa


[bonus marks for using the elves at Boardgame Guru thumbsup ]
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97. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:306]
Damon Hoffman
United States
Austin
Texas
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Just got my package today and I was so excited I think I lasted about 45 seconds before I just ripped it open. Digging through all the peanuts I didn't find one game, not two games, but three games! My Secret Santa has out done himself with his generosity. The main game was Chinatown which I've been eyeballing for the last few months.
Condottiere was also in the box, and this one was also high up on my list, as I'm a big fan of Fantasy Flight games.

BANG! The third game was Bang! which my friends and I have played a number of times and enjoyed. Thank you Secret Santa and I hope you have a great Christmas as well.
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98. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:198]
Chelsey King
United States
Gastonia
North Carolina
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So I've been home all day, baking and cleaning and generally doing the kinds of things that need to be done the day before a holiday, when I heard Santas sleigh pull up. Thats right Santa, you don't fool me for 1 second with that FedEx van disguise. I know better! Anyway, I set the box on the kitchen table and resisted the temptation to open it...for about as long as it takes to pour the pecan pie mix into the pie shell and stick it in the oven anyhow. Then I eagerly sliced open the box and this is what I found...

Kingsburg! My Santa had hinted that he was going to pick me up a game that wasn't on my list that he thought I would enjoy. What a great pick! This game looks awesome, and its got a neat fantasy theme which is right up my alley. We are having a couple freinds over Sunday night for my husbands 30th birthday, and I know we are going to have a great time playing this one then.

In addition, my very generous Santa also picked up...


Dominion! I know this one is going to get a TON of play time. We both really enjoy card games, and this one is so well regarded I have been dying to try it. Usually I don't bother Daniel with anything on Thanksgiving because he works 3rd shift at Wal-Mart and gets the joy every year of being there when everyone goes completely insane on black Friday morning. So I let him rest and veg the day before and after. But since this game is short and sweet I think we will be getting this out tomorrow morning and probably in the evening too. I may even be able to con some family into playing too.

THANK YOU SO MUCH SANTA! These are definitely the most awesome gifts I will be getting this year. I hope you and your wife have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!

Oh, Santa also brought me an avatar this year, which was both needed and very appreciated. Thanks again!


PS: The smell of new game and pecan pie is heavenly. I need to send an email to Glade to see if I can get a candle or something of that scent.
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99. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:132]
Jacco Versteeg
United Kingdom
Crewe
Cheshire
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Today I received some more hints from my Santa. One of the hints indicated that I knew this Little Helper pretty well, which I thought was quite amusing, and well worked out! But other than that I didn't give it a second thought - after all, Santa had indicated it might take a little while for things to arrive. So imagine my surprise upon coming home, to find a parcel! With the return address on it confirming my idea of where it would be coming from.

However, as Santa specifically requested I wait until Christmas, I'm going to have to leave the box unopened for another month......

EDIT: Santa gave me permission to open the box earlier. So I decided on a compromise, and opened them last night (5 December), the traditional Dutch night for giving and receiving presents. I was well chuffed. First I found Ghost Stories, then I found a copy of Snow Tails! Two games of my 'Must have' list! And if that wasn't enough, Santa's Little Helper (who also does a fantastic job of running my old games group) added in a little extra surprise: The Leap of Death expansion for Snow Tails!

Thank you Santa! Thank you Paul!
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100. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:236]
Joe McKinley
United States
San Jose
California
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When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he he lectured with
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much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. W.W.
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Wow! Thank you Santa! I opened the box before I even considered that it could be from Santa, so I got an early surprise.

Inside was not just StarCraft, but also the expansion:


StarCraft: Brood War

and the new BattleLore expansion too:


BattleLore: Heroes Expansion

I can't wait to play StarCraft with my brothers and my dad over the Christmas holidays!

Merry Christmas, Santa, to you and your family. Thanks again!
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